Review: Fobulous by Steve Shufton

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]There are not many tricks where the magic happens in the spectator’s hands.  Steve Shufton’s “Fobulous!” Is one of them.

In effect, 2 black leather key fobs are handed over to a spectator for examination.  They are of similar design and manufacture.  They are differentiable by one having a red heart medallion on it while the other has a black star medallion on it.  The spectator can also examine the performer’s hands to make sure that he does not have anything hidden in any one of them.

The spectator closes her hand into a fist over one of the key fobs, and her other hand over the other key fob.  When she opens her hands, the key fobs have exchanged places!  She can again examine both key fobs freely.  This is so clean that it defies explanation.

You receive the 2 key fobs, a special gimmick, and a beautifully printed booklet of instructions complete with colour photographs.  Two blank metal keys are also provided for your practice use with the key fobs.  The key fobs and the gimmick are very well made.  The printed instructions are easy to follow.

There is a move with the gimmick which you have to learn.  It is not difficult to do, and there are no angle problems.  When properly performed, the transposition of the 2 key fobs is a “killer” to the audience, especially to the spectator helping you.

In the event that it is not convenient for a spectator to use her hands, or if you prefer to, Steve Shufton teaches a variation where the transposition happens in your hands.  It is still very strong because the spectator gets to fully examine each of the key fobs as well as both of your hands.  

There are other plus points with “Fobulous!”:

  • It can be reset easily and quickly, and this makes it ideal for walk-around performance.
  • Although key fobs are everyday objects, they are made of high quality materials, and this makes the effect both a pleasure to perform and to watch.
  • If you put an actual key on the key fobs, you can follow up this effect with a key-bending performance.

People are usually looking for non-coin and non-cards magic, and one that takes place in their own hands.  “Fobulous!” fulfil all these criteria.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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